Friday, May 30, 2014

Flat-Out Bitchslap



Flat-Out Celeste is the sequel to the huge hit by Jessica Park that was reviewed here before. I am a little torn on how to review this novel.

Wait, let me back up. I am not torn about how much I enjoyed the book. I LOVED it! Let's just get that out of the way before anyone freaks out. (I'm talking to you Jessica).

Now, the reason I am torn is because in a way it seems like I enjoyed the book more because I was such a fan of Flat-Out Love and this was a continuation of that book. (with a different main character, and a few years later) But, I also think that on it's own, it's quite a beautiful story in itself.

First for the FOL fans. You will be happy that Julie and Matt have a spot in this book, even though it's Celeste's story. Well, Matt IS Celeste's brother right? Warning, what you learn about how their story has progressed in the amount of time that is missing may shock you and kill you a little on the inside, so that you are in bed lying in the fetal position, crying and cursing the gods wishing you could die... Oh wait, was that just me? *blushes*

For the new readers, (Welcome to heartbreak Island!) Celeste's story is sweet and quirky, just like Celeste herself. 

So whether you are a new reader (who hasn't heard of Jessica Park?!?!) or an old fan like myself, this book is a well written journey about the power of a first love, made especially sweet with the Fast talking, water knocking over, incredibly romantic Justin.

One thing I will note if that Flat-Out Celeste has a much different feel than Flat-Out Love did. FOL was more deeply emotional and heartbreaking. FOC has it's own share of emotional and heartbreaking, but it was more simple, sweeter, and more innocent.

Okay, so this review is all over the place because my mind is spinning after reading the book! (I think Justin could follow along brilliantly though) I will leave you with this.. Jessica Park deserves a huge bitch slap for this novel. (You will have to read the book to understand!)

5 Stars!!!!!!!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Left Drowning by Jessica Park




It’s no secret to anyone who has read my reviews how much I love Jessica Park. I pushed her novel “Flat Out Love” to anyone who would listen (well, to anyone who would read is more accurate) to my rantings of how great the book was, and how it pulled at your heart muscles.

Left Drowning her new book that is in the category of “New Adult” which is basically College age or characters in their early twenties, so needless to say Left Drowning was said to be more of the adult variety.

Here is the amazon version of what the book is about:
"What does it take to rise from life's depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.”

Okay, so now that you know what the book is about, know this… You know nothing. This book is truly the most emotional journey I have ever taken in just one novel. I cried so hard that I got the hiccups, and I laughed so hard that I snorted. They were both in the same chapter.

There were quite a few characters to this novel, and somehow I never doubted in my head that they were all real people. I felt the deep emotional sadness of Blythe in the beginning of the novel and felt her start to really breathe after she met Chris and his own troubled family.

There was one character that is not even mentioned in the short snippet from Amazon who was my absolute favorite character in quite a long time; Chris’s Brother Sabin. His personality was strong and real and I feel in love with him throughout his friendship with Blythe.  I think he should get his own book, just saying Jessica!

To summarize my randomness, this book is great. But, it is not a light easy read. It is deeply charged with many emotions that take you through a roller coaster that could leave you laying on the floor in the fetal position (okay I didn’t actually get in the fetal position, but I was crying like a little bitch).  I happily give this novel 5 stars, and you all need to make sure and keep a close eye on Jessica Park, she is going to be bigger than Stephen King someday.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Companion? Yes Please...

If you have had any contact with me whatsoever over the past year or so, you will know just how much I love the Young Adult novel by Jessica Park titled Flat Out Love...

Due to her fans like me slowly wearing her down until she had no choice but to do it, she has written a companion piece to Flat Out Love called Flat Out Matt...

Flat-Out Matt


Here is the description from Amazon...

"Matt is a junior at MIT. He’s geeky, he's witty, he's brilliant.

And he’s also very, very stupid.

When beautiful, cool, insightful Julie moves in with Matt’s family, why (oh why!) does he pretend to be his absent brother Finn for her alleged benefit?

It seems harmless enough until her short-term stay becomes permanent. And until it snowballs into heart-squeezing insanity. And until he falls in love with Julie, and Julie falls in love with Finn.

But … Matt is the right one for her. If only he can make Julie see it. Without telling her the truth, without shattering them all. Particularly his fragile sister Celeste, who may need Julie the most.

You saw Matt through Julie’s eyes in FLAT-OUT LOVE. Now go deeper into Matt’s world in this FLAT-OUT MATT novella. Live his side of the story, break when his heart breaks, and fall for the unlikely hero all over again.

Take an emotional skydive for two prequel chapters and seven FLAT-OUT LOVE chapters retold from his perspective, and then land with a brand-new steamy finale chapter from Julie. "


If you haven't read Flat Out Love, then you really won't understand what is happening in this Novella Companion Piece. But what am I even saying? How would that even be possible, of course you have read Flat Out Love right? RIGHT? If you haven't then I am telling you to head over to Amazon right now and read it!!!!

Anyway, back to Flat Out Matt. Matt is somewhat perfect to me. From his geeky (but very cool) t-shirts, to his love for Julie, and to his devotion to his sister Celeste.

Everything about this companion is everything that you could want to that one story that you now only fell in love with, but actually changed your life a little. This Novella is just the story to make you laugh, cry, and fall even more madly in love with Matt, Celeste, and Julie. All of the extra content is perfect, and to actually get to see how the real Finn was is like a little treasure you find at the bottom of your morning cereal. But the extra (steamy) chapters are like the little treasure you find at the bottom of your vodka glass, if you get the message. (insert salacious eyebrow dance here).

After all of that how could I not give it a much deserved 5 stars. Keep your eyes on Jessica Park, she is going to be bigger than Stephen King someday.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines



"Being the good girl isn't all it’s cracked up to be. Ashton Gray has grown weary of playing the part to please her parents, and to be worthy of the town’s prince charming, Sawyer Vincent. Maybe That’s why she’s found herself spending time with Sawyer’s cousin, Beau, while he’s away for the summer camping with his family. Beau is nothing like her perfect boyfriend. He’s the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, dangerous in ways she’s only day dreamed about, and the one guy she should stay away from. 

Beau never envied Sawyer his loving parents, his big nice home, or his position as quarterback. He loves him like a brother. Which is why he's tried everything in his power to keep his distance from Sawyer’s girlfriend. Even if he has loved her since the age of five, Ashton is Sawyer’s girl, so therefore she’s off limits. But when Sawyer leaves for the summer, Ashton, the one girl Beau would move Heaven and Earth for, decides she wants to get into trouble. Stabbing the one person who’s always accepted him and stood by him in the back, is the cost of finally holding Ashton Gray in his arms. Is she worth losing his cousin over?.... Hell Yeah."  synopsis from amazon

The Vincent Boys was a surprisingly complex and heartwarming book. Even though Beau is thought to be the "bad boy" you start to completely fall in love with him through out the length of the book and actually start to find yourself rooting for him to get the girl, when Sawyer is away. Then Sawyer comes back to town and you can't help but feel his heart breaking as he starts to realize what is happening between his best friend and his girl. There were times my heart was racing, I was laughing, I was crying, and I was even screaming at Ashton to stop being such a stupid girl. The most surprising part of this book was the twist that changes everything and makes you fall even more in love with all of the characters. All in all this book was worth every single moment spent reading it. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and i cannot wait to read the sequel to this book.

For more information on "The Vincent Boys" or Abbi Glines please visit the author's website at http://www.abbiglines.com/


Friday, April 27, 2012

Arranged by Catherine McKenzie

Cover Photo Courtesy of Amazon


Arranged is a new book by Catherine McKenzie (author of Spin, read my review for Spin HERE). In Arranged we meet Anne who at the beginning of the book leaves her cheating and unapologetic boyfriend and starts a new life.

The only problem is, Anne is well into her Thirties and is starting to wonder if she even knows how to make a relationship work. So, when she finds a business card on the street for a company that specializes in arranged marriages, she decides to give it a shot.

Anne is one of the most realistic characters I have come across in a novel in quite a long time. She is insecure, down to earth, and completely relatable. This book was written very well and there are twists and turns that I honestly did not see coming. I found myself thinking of the book and wondering what was going to happen next and how Anne would handle it while at work, grocery shopping, and even while watching T.V., making me turn it off to find out what happens.

This book is a must read and receives 4 stars. For more information on Arranged click on the link below or check out the authors website at http://catherinemckenzie.com/



Tuesday, April 24, 2012

More Like Her by Liza Palmer



More Like Her is a story about 3 friends: Frannie, Jill, and Lisa. Frannie is the central character and she has just come out of a relationship with what she thought was the perfect guy. When Emma comes to the Markham school and is seemingly Perfect. She is beautiful, smart, has a great career, and a perfect marriage, and the three friends all want to be more like Emma. That is until everything they thought they knew about Emma is tested when she is killed in front of them by her seemingly perfect husband.


There are thousands of books on the market that can get considered "a good book" but rarely do you come across a book that is so good, it makes you change the way you think.

"More Like Her" is that kind of book. While shelved as a Chick Lit, this book is much more than that. It has three well developed characters that have flaws but are still easy to read. The book made me laugh, cry, and sigh in happiness. More Like Her is literally one of the best novels I have read in a very long time.

I give More Like Her 5 Stars, and would recommend everyone run out and get a copy today.

For more information on More Like Her, please click on one of the links below or head over to the author's website at http://lizapalmer.com/



Saturday, March 31, 2012

Me and My Ghoulfriends by Rose Pressey


Me and My Ghoulfriends by Rose Pressey is the first of a new series about Larue Donovan, a woman who owns a bookstore in a small town that happens to also see ghosts.

Larue has a way of attracting the ghosts to her and she often has a handful of them following her around. The current gang includes a nagging woman who will not stop using her awful singing voice to try and get her way, and Abraham Lincoln, the charming ex president who is full of advice.
When a handsome stranger moves to town and opens up a coffee shop right next to Larue's shop, she isn't surprised when Brianna, the creepy boutique owner across the street from Larue's store, sets her sights on him. But she is surprised with Callahan, the hot coffee shop owner, shows interest in her instead.
Until one day when he starts to act like he doesn't even know who she is, and he and Brianna are suddenly an item. Now Larue has to try to figure out what is happening to a zombie like Callahan and help her Ghoulfriends find the light.

This book was very unique, and not what I expected at all, in a very good way. Larue was snarky and strong, like all of Rose Pressey's Heroines. There were enough twists and turns that kept the pages turning, but not too many to make it confusing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and like the twist of a woman who can see ghosts, even if some of them are annoying.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fun paranormal read. For more information on Me and My Ghoulfriends click the link below or visit http://rosepressey.com/.